The Union for Contemporary Art is committed to strengthening the creative culture of the greater Omaha area by providing direct support to local artists and increasing the visibility of contemporary art forms in our community of north Omaha. In every endeavor, we strive to inspire positive social change. The organization was founded on the belief that the arts can be a vehicle for social justice and greater civic engagement.

POSITION Development Manager

COMMITMENT Full-time position (40 hours/week). Availability during evenings and on Saturdays may sometimes be necessary.

COMPENSATION Salary and benefit information available upon request

OVERVIEW The Union for Contemporary Art is currently seeking a passionate, self-motivated individual to help establish and implement fundraising initiatives for The Union, to grow financial support through the research and writing of national and local grants, special events, annual appeals, etc.  The Development Manager will also work to expand and diversify the organization’s donor base and work closely with the Executive Director, Board and staff to secure funding for programs and new initiatives.

The Union is a rapidly growing organization, the successful candidate will help forge new relationships and partnerships to increase The Union’s visibility, impact and financial resources to help facilitate our growth and support the services we offer the Greater Omaha community.


  • A minimum of three years of fundraising experience required, preferably working with an organization with an annual budget of at least $750K.
  • Qualified candidates must be able to show tangible success as a grant writer.
  • Must be able to demonstrate an ability to assist with the development and management of program and organizational budgets.
  • Incredible organizational and time-management skills, including the ability to multi-task several responsibilities or projects at once.
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, oral and written communication skills; must be comfortable and effective in managing relationships with diverse stakeholders, including board members, donors, prospects, visitors, etc.
  • The ability to work independently and with teams; and the ability to work effectively with community partners, sponsors, etc.
  • A passion for the arts and/or community development is highly preferred.
  • A willingness to hustle, to work evenings and weekends in support of our events + fundraising initiatives, to roll up your sleeves and lend a hand whereever it’s needed.
  • Knowledge of Click + Pledge, Salesforce and Quick Books is preferred, but not required.


  • Work closely with the Executive Director to build and manage a high-performing fundraising program that includes membership, annual giving, major gifts, corporate sponsorship, and support from local and national foundations.
  • Research and write grant applications, according to format required, submit applications to funding agencies and follow up with any required reporting.
  • Research possible options, implement and manage a donor database for the organization.
  • Responsible for all administrative tasks associated with managing donors and donor stewardship, including, but not limited to: data entry, record and database management, grant reporting, timely response via acknowledgement letters, etc.
  • Develop and nurture relationships with current and new donors, which includes maintaining donor contact both prior and subsequent to making a gift and providing stewardship to current donors while working to diversify our donor base.
  • Manage all fundraising campaigns for the organization, including Board campaigns, special events (i.e. Omaha Gives!), annual appeal, etc.
  • Work with fellow team members to create and facilitate fundraising events, which will include securing sponsorship opportunities and donations, as needed.
  • Work with team members to create and implement an annual Development Plan that financially supports The Union’s efforts to offer innovative programs, events and services to the communities we serve.
  • Manage facility rentals, serving as a liaison to the community and coordinating events that take place in our building.
  • Work with, and report to, The Union’s Board of Directors, keeping them fully informed of the organization’s fundraising initiatives and assisting them with the successful implementation of their annual Board campaign

TO APPLY Please send a cover letter outlining your grant writing experience with three references, resume and writing sample (proposal, LOI, grant application, etc.) to Brigitte McQueen Shew at – or via mail at: Brigitte McQueen Shew c/o The Union for Contemporary Art | 2423 North 24th Street | Omaha, Nebraska 68110

Review of applications is on going, and will continue until position is filled. Please be advised that we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open position.

The Union for Contemporary Art is an equal opportunity employer. We do not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, handicap, gender, physical condition, developmental disability, sexual orientation or national origin. Period.